is a science & technology studies scholar, philosopher, media theorist

as well as professor for media sociology at the University of Paderborn.

Research Fields

I am educated as a philosopher, and focused very early on science and technology studies (STS), especially in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics, and gender studies. As STS is not established as a separate discipline in Germany (and many other European countries), I have worked in many different disciplines to be able to follow my research interests – from media studies, to computer science, the history of technology, as well as in interdisciplinary and international contexts.


University of Paderborn

2011 – present Professor, Department of Media Studies

University of Applied Arts Vienna

Summer 2018 Visiting Professor, Department for Cross-Disciplinary Studies

University of Vienna

Summer 2016 Visiting Professor, Department for Science and Technology Studies

University of Twente

Summer 2015 Visiting Professor, Department for Philosophy

TU Braunschweig

2010 – 2011 Visiting Professor, Centre for Gender Studies

2008 – 2009 Maria Goeppert-Mayer Visiting Professor, Centre for Gender Studies

2001 – 2004 Senior Researcher, Institute for History of Science and Technology

Uppsala University

2009 – 2010 Visiting Research Professor, Centre for Gender Excellence

RWTH Aachen

2007 – 2008 Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science

Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF), Bielefeld University

2006 – 2007 Member of the international research group Science in the Context of Application

University of Duisburg-Essen

2006 – 2007 Visiting professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies

University of Naples

2005 – 2008 Contract Researcher, EU project Ethicbots. Emerging Technoethics of Human Interaction with Communication, Bionic, & Robotic Systems, PI: Guglielmo Tamburini

University of Freiburg

2005 Visiting Professor, Institute for Computer Science and Society

Lancaster University

2005 Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Science Studies (invited by Lucy Suchman)

University of Vienna

2004 – 2006 Senior Researcher, Institute for Philosophy of Science

California Institute of Technology

2002 Research Fellow, Dept. of History of Science & Technology (invited by Evelyn Fox Keller)

University of Hamburg

2000 Teaching Assistant of Cheris Kramare (Univ. of Oregon) at the International Women’s University IFU, Dept. of Computer Science


University of Bremen

2001 PhD with distinction: Thesis Umkämpfte Bedeutungen: Naturkonzepte im Zeitalter der Technoscience (Contested Meanings: Nature in the Age of Technoscience)

Eberhard-Karls-University of Tübingen

1994 Master Artium Philosophy and Political science (with Distinction)